Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Big Event: A Wonderful Crowd in Toronto

The Machines & Capt. Lou Albano

The Big Event – Toronto, Ontario – CNE Stadium – Aug. 28, 1986

Hulk Hogan’s war with Paul Orndorff drew a sellout crowd of 64,000 fans to Toronto for this end-of-summer stadium show.

While the show wasn’t televised, it was released on Coliseum Video and is available now in the pay-per-view section of the WWE Network.

1. Killer Bees vs. Funk Brothers
Terry Funk was gone, so Jimmy Jack Funk teamed with Dory (Hoss) Funk Jr.  The Bees put on their masks and pulled the ol’ switcheroo to get the pin on Jimmy Jack.

2. King Tonga vs. Magnificent Muraco (with Mr. Fuji)
The announcers were already starting to call King Tonga “Haku.” This bout dragged on until the 20-minute time limit for a draw.

3. Ted Arcidi vs. Tony Garea
Arcidi was supposed to face Tony Atlas in a battle of strongmen. Instead, he put away Garea in less than three minutes with a bear hug.

4. Junkyard Dog vs. Adrian Adonis (with Jimmy Hart)
Adonis ran into Hart, fell out of the ring and was counted out in less than 10 seconds. The referee must have had too much coffee.

5. Dick “The Rebel” Slater vs. Iron Mike Sharpe
The Canadian fans didn’t get behind Slater and his Southern rebel character. He hit a top-rope elbowsmash to get the pin on “Canada’s Greatest Athlete.”

6. Big & Super Machine & Capt. Lou Albano (with Giant Machine) vs. Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy & Bobby Heenan
Blackjack Mulligan was Big Machine and Masked Superstar (future Demolition Ax) was Super Machine. Of course, Andre the Giant was the Giant Machine. He mopped the floor with the entire Heenan Family, so the Machines were disqualified.

Even though it was late August, the announcers were complaining about the cold. In Heenan's promo, he mentioned the "subzero temperatures."

7. Snake Pit Match: Ricky Steamboat vs. Jake Roberts
This was basically a no-disqualification match. Steamboat was busted open by a collision with the ring post. Later, Roberts went for a nonchalant pin, but Steamboat rolled him up for the victory.

8. Billy Jack Haynes vs. Hercules
In a preview of their WrestleMania III match, Haynes got the pin with a backslide.

9. Rougeau Brothers vs. Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake
This was another WM3 preview. Valentine tried to put Jacques in the figure-4, but Reymond came in as the illegal man for a sunset flip and got the pin.  I usually can't stand Luscious Johnny Valiant on commentary, but he was hilariously helpless watching his Dream Team lose from "a quarter mile away" in the broadcast booth.

10. Pedro Morales vs. King Harley Race
You would think Morales would be too experienced to lose to the “feet on the ropes” trick, but you would be wrong.

11. WWF title: Hulk Hogan (champion) vs. Paul Orndorff (with Bobby Heenan)
Hogan also had a funny moment, mocking Orndorff’s betrayal of him (I’m your friend…clothesline!) before going for the piledriver. However, Heenan came in and hit Hogan with a wooden stool for the DQ.

Give the WWF credit for drawing such a huge crowd without Randy Savage, the British Bulldogs and the Hart Foundation, who were all wrestling that night in Kansas City.

Heenan wins the MVP award for getting beaten up by Hogan, Andre and Captain Lou in the same night.

Next: WrestleMania III 

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